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Uninhabited areas can now be incorporated in B.C.

An aerial view of the site planned for Jumbo Glacier Resort near Invermere, B.C. (Jumbo Glacier Resort)

No residents.

No elected council members.

The province can now create a "mountain resort municipality" with zero population.

Recent changes to the Local Government Act allow the province to incorporate an uninhabited area and appoint a mayor and council.

Under the old act, mountain resort municipalities had to have a resident base.

The changes alarm Invermere Mayor Gerry Taft, who says creating a municipality without a population is ridiculous and designed to avoid the public process on land use zoning for developments like Jumbo Glacier Resort.

Daybreak host Chris Walker spoke to Gerry Taft, and brings his questions to Minister of Community, Sports and Cultural Development, Ida Chong.
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